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Don’t be fooled: The new Retina MacBook is more than just benchmarks – BGR

Friday, April 03, 2015

The Retina MacBook went through its first benchmark test and some people are already freaking out about it after finding out the extremely thin and light laptop will deliver roughly the same performance of the 2011 MacBook Air. That wasn’t really a secret though, as Intel never hid the fact that the Intel Core M processor will deliver a performance that’s on par with computers launched four years ago. But to…

Man reported missing at sea for 66 days reunites with family – Chron.com

Friday, April 03, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A man whose family says he was missing at sea for more than two months is back on dry land and reuniting with his family. The crew of a German-flagged container ship found Louis Jordan floating Thursday afternoon on the overturned hull of his 35-foot sailboat, about 200 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from North Carolina airlifted Jordan from…

Germanwings ‘black box’ shows co-pilot Andreas Lubitz sped up descent – CNN

Friday, April 03, 2015

Marseille, France (CNN)Initial tests on the flight data recorder recovered from downed Germanwings Flight 9525 show that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz purposely used the controls to speed up the plane’s descent, according to the French air accident investigation agency, the BEA. The flight data recorder, or “black box,” was found Thursday by recovery teams that have spent days since the March 24 crash scouring the mountainside in the French Alps where…

Kenya: 147 Killed in University Attack, Officials Say – ABC News

Friday, April 03, 2015

The death toll in the attack on a Kenyan university by extremists has risen sharply to 147 people, as the operation to free hostages being held in a dormitory there ended with the deaths of four “terrorists” involved, Kenyan officials said. The number of casualties makes it one of the deadliest terror attacks in the country’s recent history. The al Qaeda-affiliated terror group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the assault earlier…

The internet – The Economist

Friday, April 03, 2015

ON MARCH 26th GitHub, an American-based website for programmers, began to suffer what it says is its biggest ever denial-of-service attack. The means and apparent motive were just as noteworthy: the Great Firewall, China’s web-filtering infrastructure, was used. The assault seems to have been intended to persuade GitHub to drop content the Chinese authorities object to, including the Chinese-language edition of the New York Times. The attackers’ identities will probably…

Microsoft: An Open Source Windows Is ‘Definitely Possible’ – Wired

Friday, April 03, 2015

Microsoft’s software empire rests on Windows, the computer operating system that runs so many of the world’s desktop PCs, laptops, phones, and servers. Along with the Office franchise, it generates the majority of the company’s revenues. But one day, the company could “open source” the code that underpins the OS—giving it away for free. So says Mark Russinovich, one of the company’s top engineers. “It’s definitely possible,” Russinovich says. “It’s…

Buff State Newspaper Avoids Funding Freeze after April Fools’ Day issue – WGRZ-TV

Friday, April 03, 2015

Buffalo State Newspaper Embroiled In First Amendment Controversy

Leaders’ election debate 2015: what the newspapers say – Telegraph.co.uk

Friday, April 03, 2015

The SNP and Ukip leaders emerged as the winners of debate, which saw insurgent parties throw the result in May further into doubt, The Times’ political editor writes. Mr Farage may have polled well, but the paper did not think much of him, suggesting in its leader that he performed poorly “even by his standards”. Philip Collins, the article’s author, suggested the country deserved better than all seven of the…

Don’t be fooled: The new Retina MacBook is more than just benchmarks – BGR

Friday, April 03, 2015

The Retina MacBook went through its first benchmark test and some people are already freaking out about it after finding out the extremely thin and light laptop will deliver roughly the same performance of the 2011 MacBook Air. That wasn’t really a secret though, as Intel never hid the fact that the Intel Core M processor will deliver a performance that’s on par with computers launched four years ago. But to…

Optimism as Iran nuclear deal framework announced; more work ahead – CNN

Friday, April 03, 2015

Lausanne, Switzerland (CNN)There are plenty of details left to iron out, but negotiators took a significant step Thursday toward a landmark deal aimed at keeping Iran’s nuclear program peaceful. After a marathon stretch of late-night negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland, diplomats announced they’d come up with the framework for an agreement that’s been months in the making. Iran would reduce its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98% and significantly scale back…

Man reported missing at sea for 66 days reunites with family – Washington Post

Friday, April 03, 2015

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Hutchinson signs belief bill – Northwest Arkansas News

Friday, April 03, 2015

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a compromise religious-protection bill into law Thursday, capping a week of demonstrations, negotiations and national media attention with a few strokes of a pen. Not even 24 hours old, Senate Bill 975, which mirrors the language of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, reached the governor’s desk after a 76-17 vote Thursday in the House of Representatives. It was signed into law less than an hour…

Where to visit the Easter bunny and get your Passover Seder on – Philly.com

Friday, April 03, 2015

This weekend welcomes two holidays. There will be Easter eggs and candy for some, seders and matzo for others, as Christians celebrate Easter on Sunday and Jews begin their eight-day observance of Passover at sundown Friday.   Easter If you’re celebrating Easter, here are a few places where you can hop on down the bunny trail. Let the great egg hunt begin! …

Kenya: Al-Shabab Militants Kill 147 at University – Voice of America

Friday, April 03, 2015

Kenyan officials say a day-long siege at a university east of Nairobi is over leaving 147 people dead along with four Islamist al-Shabab terrorists. Police and survivors said the gunmen stormed the campus of Garissa University College Thursday and opened fire “indiscriminately.” Some witnesses say the attackers were separating the Christians from the Muslims and holding the Christians and some others hostage. Security…

Buff State Newspaper Avoids Funding Freeze after April Fools’ Day issue – WGRZ-TV

Friday, April 03, 2015

Buffalo State Newspaper Embroiled In First Amendment Controversy

Apple’s new 12-in. MacBook goes back to the past in performance – Computerworld

Friday, April 03, 2015

Although Apple’s new 12-in. Retina MacBook won’t go on sale for another week, benchmark tests confirmed that it’s considerably slower than the Cupertino, Calif. company’s other thin notebook, the 13-in. MacBook Air. According to a single now-removed score on Primate Labs’ Geekbench, a popular website for benchmarking devices, the MacBook was pegged at 1924 and 4038 for single- and multi-cores, respectively. A cached version of the MacBook’s score was available…

Tehran and West Agree on Parameters of Deal for Iran’s Nuclear Program – Wall Street Journal

Friday, April 03, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Iran and six world powers agreed to a path that would block Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, but key points left unresolved in the marathon negotiations and fierce regional and U.S. political opposition suggested major hurdles remain to reaching a final deal. Officials laid out on Thursday what amounted to goals for a deal by the end of June that would place constraints and controls on Iran’s nuclear work…

Replicate the Cadbury Creme Egg? Crazy, you say. Try it. – Los Angeles Times

Friday, April 03, 2015

Maybe it was the 12 pounds of chocolate. Or the 40 pounds of sugar. Not to mention all the cream, milk and corn syrup — and the two dozen vanilla beans. My little project was turning into more of an obsession. Little project? I was only trying to re-create the Cadbury Creme Egg. Introduced by British chocolate-maker Cadbury almost half a century ago, the Creme Egg, like Peeps, signifies Easter…

2 NYC women arrested on charges they plotted to build bomb – Philly.com

Friday, April 03, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) – Two women were arrested Thursday on charges they plotted to wage violent jihad by building a homemade bomb and using it for a Boston Marathon-type attack. One of the women, Noelle Velentzas, had been “obsessed with pressure cookers since the Boston Marathon attacks in 2013″ and made jokes alluding to explosives after receiving one as a gift, according to a criminal complaint….